Builder Knew Dallas Cowboys Dome Was Unsafe?

When the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility collapsed in a storm back in May, it seemed like a horrific freak accident, a confluence of just the right weather factors that caused the whole thing to fall down. Since then, however, a steady stream of successively worse details has emerged that has painted the responsible parties in a less-than-flattering light.

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Yesterday, new details emerged that are perhaps the most galling and ghastly of all, thanks to a lawsuit against the company who built the Cowboys’ facility. In 2004, the company’s building engineer, Brooke McLarty, sent a chilling warning to his bosses regarding their products: “We can’t continue to operate this way or we’re going to kill somebody.”

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Dallas’ Dome Engineer Was Ex-Con W/ No Degrees

We’ve already covered how the Dallas Cowboys were warned that their practice dome was possibly unsafe, having been built by the same company in the same manner as a Pennsylvania structure that collapsed in a similar manner. Thing just get worse and worse, as today we find out they had reinforcements done last year under the supervision of an ex-con who lied about having engineering credentials.

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Jeffrey Lawrence Galland was engineering director of Las Vegas-based JCI, which completed the 2008 work on the practice facility roof that was to “improve its ability to withstand pressure from wind, rain and other forces.” But Galland doesn’t have an engineering licence, and he also doesn’t have the physics degree his resume claims. In fact, no college degrees at all. This is the man who was in charge of the Cowboys’ safety.

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Criminally, Cowboys Dome Was Never Inspected

One DALLAS MORNING NEWS columnist is calling for questions, and not blame in the case of the Cowboys’ practice dome collapse. And that’s fine for a major newspaper. But this here’s a blog, so I’m going to go ahead and assign a large chunk of the blame to the Cowboys, for not having the roof inspected. Which is very illegal, in case you were wondering.

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The Cowboys applied for a permit last year to replace the roof on the 6-year-old facility, but never told the city of Irving, Texas, when the work was completed. A full city inspection should have taken place, but apparently never did. And now Rich Behm is permanently paralyzed. You can bet a number of lawsuits are on the way.

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